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it decide the 1960 election. the chin chinese communist. and it was a big uproar. >> should obama convene a conference on this matter? >> why not? i don't know if it will help. what needs to be behind the conference is the credibility of the united states. >> should the united nations get a conference on it? >> somebody how is. i think the u.s. is asserting leadership and sending b52s there. the u.s. is keeping a lid on this. it comes back to iraq and afghanistan. these are the consequences. >> chinese claim these as sovereign territory. and they're not going to sit down with the united nations and it decided there. one of the other is going to wined up in control over them. >> not anytime soon. >> when we come back, the president goes populist. zçzçtó >>> it's a threat to the american dream, our way of life and what we stand for around the globe. eye child born in the top 20% has about a two and three chance at or near the tap. a child born in the bottom 20% has a less than one to 20 shot making it to the top. the child may never be able to escape that poverty because she lacks a dece
. >> being obese is a cardiovascular event. >> one day after the improved website went live, president obama wants americans to give healthcare.gov another chance. >> and the president today says it is clear there's a high demand out there for affordable care. tara is at the white house with the latest. >> president obama is asking americans who need insurance to come back to newly overhauled healthcare.gov. >> do not let the initial problems discourage you because it's working better now and it's going to keep on working better over time. >> the obama administration says more than 1 million people logged on to the site monday and the system did not crash. 13,000 were put in a new system to help during high traffic. they are invited to come back when there is less traffic. 60% of them did. the white house is not yet saying how many have enrolled, but high traffic is proof of high demand. >> despite all the problems in the rollout, about half a million people across the country are poised to gain healthcare coverage beginning on january 1. >> the white house hopes highlighting progress
that president obama is expected to speak here in a very short time giving some remarks about the loss of nelson mandela and what it means to the world. >> i want to share very quickly what some of the united states presidents in the past have said about mandela because he had met with several of them during his time when he came to the united states. in 1990 george l.w. bush called mandela a man who embodies the hopes of millions at a meeting at the white house. of course, there is that infamous picture of bill clinton with mandela in 1998 when clinton went to visit mandela and mandela showed the president the jail cell where he spent 17 years under incarceration by the government. it was a total of 20 years in prison. in 2002 president george w. bush awarded mandela with a presidential medal of freedom and president obama met with mandela once back when he was a senator in 2005. so right now as we await for the president to speak about the passing of nelson mandela. >> i know it will be some heartfelt remarks from the president because when you think about it, it's this nation's first african
the affordable care website is operating much more smoothly now. president obama kicked off the public relations campaign today. >> this law is working and will work into the future. people want a financial stability of health insurance and we're going to keep on working to fix whatever problems come up. >> healthcare.gov says more than a million people visited the website monday with no major problems. but republicans say the new law is still broken. house speaker, john boehner, says the administration's healthcare program is fund mentally flawed and continues to reek havoc on american families, businesses, and the economy. >> police are offering a reward of up to $25,000 tonight to help catch a killer. the victim is anthony robinson gunned down late last night in the 1900 block of 17th street southeast. robinson was 26 and so far, police have no suspects and no motive. >> take a look at this mess on the beltway. just before 11:30, maryland state police say two vehicles collided near route 50. one of those vehicles was hauling trash, which then spilled all over the interstate. crews have si
for joining us at noon. i'm andrea roane. the obama administration is reporting a dramatic improvement in the healthcare website. as tara mergener reports, there are still plenty of challenges ahead. >> reporter: the frantic work to fix the government's healthcare website is starting to pay off. president obama's technology troubleshooters say healthcare.gov can now handle 50,000 users at that time a time, or up to 800,000 each day. advisor jeffrey zion said the site now works most of the time for most users. >> we executed hundreds of software fixes, and hardware upgrades. and the site is now stable and operating at its intended capacity, with greatly improved performance. >> reporter: the department of health and human services said system failures have fallen from 6% in october to less than 1%. and responses have declined from 8 minutes to less than one. the obama administration had promised the fixes by this past weekend. congress is watching closely, because the success or failure of healthcare reform is expected to be a critical factor in next year's midterm elections. already th
believe this website is and will function effectively. >> president obama's technology troubleshooters say healthcare.gov can handle 800,000 each day. >> the success or failure of healthcare reform sexfected to -- is expected to be critical in this year's election. >> there's a spot waiting for me. >> a new food truck lottery took effect. for the rest of december, eight popular locations, 95 spaces are reserved for the lottery winners. >> the stock market kicked off the month of december with a loss. even though a record number of people came out to stop over the long thanksgiving weekend, they spent less for the first time in nearly seven years. >> blackberry's ceo says the one-time leader in the smart phone industry is no longer for sale, but that the struggle company will focus again on delivering. after months of speculation, d.c. mayor, vincent gray will run for reelection. >> everybody will ask about this federal investigation. talking about the 2010 campaign, for which the u.s. attorney said there was a corrupt campaign. the mayor said all along he has done nothing wrong a
country december 15th. president obama has ordered the flag to be lowered to half staff through monday. he and mrs. obama plan to travel to the service and there will be a memorial at the national cathedral wednesday morning at 11:00. >>> i'm bruce leshan at the south africa embassy in d.c. where they have just announced plans for american commemoration of nelson mandela's life. there are books of condolences inside. there will be prayer vigils outside here between 7:00 and 8:00 every night until tuesday. then on wednesday there will be a service at the washington national cathedral. in south africa rain is a sign and in washington in ones and twos and sometimes more people braved the rain to leave a flower, say a prayer, take a picture in memory of the towering figure of nelson mandela. >> such an amazing model of what a human being can be. >> reporter: this embassy was once a battle ground in the fight against apartheid, the racial separation that mandela fought in south africa, which is why the new south africa erected his statue right here. >> the statue stands there because that was
of the united states,. the photograph was taken when mandela visited washington in 2005. and mr. obama was then a brand-new united states senator from illinois. here was mr. obama's reaction late today to the death. >> we have lost one of the most influential, courageous and profoundly good human beings that any of us will share time with on this earth. he no longer belongs to us, he belongs to the ages. through his dignity and unbending will to sacrifice his own freedom for the freedom of others, he transformed south africa and moved all of us. >> pelley: president obama used the word modiba an honorary tightle that translates at father. major garrett at the white house tells us this evening mr. obama plans to attend the state funeral in south africa. that is likely to be in about ten days. nelson mandela will be remembered as a man who emerged from a tiny village to become a defining figure of our time. he was born on july 18th, 1918 in a village called mvezo. his mother named him holy sashava meaning troublemaker, but later a teacher renamed him nelson. he moved to johannesburg at 2
hundreds of fixes to healthcare.gov, the obama administration said it is working, but not perfectly. i'm tara in washington with the story coming up. >>> drone to doorstep delivery? the new way you could receive your online purchases. >>> the ceo of amazon has an amazing new plan to use drones in the future. he unveiled the details of the secret research and development project for the first time on 60 minutes. the goal of the plan is to get your packages to your doorstep by mini drones. within 30 minutes after they are ordered. so is this even possible? how quickly can we sign up? bruce leshan takes a look at 6:00. there's a lot of testing and faa approval, but estimates the delivery by drone program could be available to customers in four to five years. >> wow. >>> all right, here's your daily checkup on the affordable care act. a dramatic improvement. leaders of the white house technology team say they fixed more than 400 bugs in the system. of course, the question still remains, will that translate into more people signing up? as tara explains, the team admits there are still plen
biden travels to beijing to meet china's president later this week. >>> later today, president obama will highlight some of the positives about the affordable care act. he'll shine the spotlight on people who have been helped by health care reform. president obama is expected to charge -- serp certain. the white house -- [indiscernible] the white house says the repaired website is now better able to accommodate high volume traffic. >>> the case of two terror suspects who claim they were tortured in a secret c.i.a. prison in poland has reached europe's human rights court. >> i declare open the public hearing. >> reporter: judges on the european court of human rights are exeg claims poland -- examining claims poland allowed the c.i.a. to operate a covert jail on its soil. it's the first time an open court has heard allegations warsaw let the u.s. arrest and interrogate terror suspects as part of the c.i.a.'s program extraordinary rendition. the case involves a saudi national accused in the deadly al qaeda attack on the u.s.s. cole in 2000 and a palestinian man who has never been charge
house. president obama is renewing his call to raise the minimum wage. >> making sure our economy works for every working american. >> reporter: the national restaurant association says most fast food workers are happy and labor unions are staining these demonstrations. >> you cannot be an employee and be demanding salary based on your needs. salaries have to be based on the economy and what the economy in the area can bear. >> reporter: organizers say they are planning more protests in the future. danielle nottingham, cbs news, washington. >> well, the stars sure came out last night in rockefeller center. the christmas tree is now in place. mayor michael bloomberg turned on the lights that illuminated a dazzling display of 45,000 multicolored led lights. it's a 76-foot spruce tree from connecticut. it is part of a ceremony that dates back to 1933. this tree you see here will be on display till january 7. afterward it is will be milled into lumber and it will be donated to habitat for humanity. >>> the holiday decorations are up inside the white house. first lady michele obama helped us
the islands administered by jam but claimed by china. the obama administration urged caution but stressed that the u.s. military will not recognize china's demand and stand by the ally japan. after china scrambled fighters to intercept nines through the zone, the u.s. urged airliners to comply with the new rules for safety sake. after vice president joe biden last week spent four hours with the china's foreign minister, he says they should exercise restraint. neither disclosed what the two discussed privately. china's move is provocative. a dramatic step to impose its will as a part of concerted drive to take territory it views as its own emboldened by the growing economic and military might and the conviction that the neighbors will back down, china is directly challenging washington's influence across asia. and beijing has already started deeper incursions in india and hassling vietnam. as the region's security guarantor, washington must push back against china with pressure of its own. failing to do so is the surest way to destabilize the region and achieve china's other aim, undermine
'm going to die. >>> health care fixed. obama administration says it's worked out most of the bugs from healthcare.gov but warns more work is needed on the troubled website. >>> and drone drop-off? amazon unveils its new plan to deliver your purchase to your doorstep in under an hour. this is the "cbs morning news" for monday, december 2nd, 2013. good morning. good to be with you. i'm anne-marie green. well, federal transportation officials have zbruchbt their investigation into the deadly crash of a new york city commuter train. at least four people were kanld 60 others injured. the metro north train was on its way from poughkeepsie to manhattan. it jumped the track as it rounded the curve. they're looking into speed, possible mechanical issues and human error. marlie hall is at the crash site. marlie, good morning. >> reporter: good morning, anne-marie. federal investigators continue to pore over this crash site this morning trying to determine what led to that deadly train derailment. investigators are trying to determine what caused a commuter train to jump the tracks, killing four
school. vinita nair, cbs news. >>> and now to obama care. the extensive fixes made to the health care website appear to have helped. the government says more people signed up for health insurance on the first two days of this month than in the entire first month of the website's troubled launch. susan mcginnis is in washington. susan, good morning. >> anne-marie, good morning to you. now that the website is working better, the white house is trying hard to get a critical group of americans to sign up for federal health insurance. the obama administration says 29,000 americans enrolled on healthcare.gov in the first two days after it was fixed. that includes dawn aaron from texas. she's a self-employed musician who's buying health insurance for the first time in 20 years. >> i was very surprised at the prices actually. we entered all my tax info and income and stuff, and i was pleasantly surprised. >> reporter: erin is in her 40s and has health issues but for the new law to work, the white house needs millions of healthy young people to sign up to make coverage moreffordable for everyo
the world. >> president obama, first lady michelle obama, the clintons, oprah will all join world leaders for mandela's state funeral next sunday. this sunday will be a national day of prayer and reflection in south africa. tuesday will be the official public memorial. here in the u.s. the president did order flags to fly at half staff until sunday in honor of the former south african president. >>> the most visual outpouring of grief and celebration of his life is taking place outside mandela's home in a suburb of johannesburg. alphonso van marsh is there. >> reporter: people streamed down the streets toward nelson mandela's johannesburg home singing songs of praise, prayer and freedom. they gathered to pay tribute to the former south african president who died at 95 surrounded by family not far from here. this man says he's not mourning. >> i get to celebrate his life. we cry among our joy and laugh and remember the good. >> reporter: some gave speeches. while others led group prayers remembering the man who ushered in democracy for all of south africa's people. >> deep in our heart a
, if you know them, give police a call. >>> second now on the affordable care act. the obama administration says nearly 30,000 people have signed up for coverage on healthcare.gov during the first two days of december. the numbers come after a site relaunch and surpasses signups during the entire month of october. but as danielle nottingham explains, if those numbers don't include a significant number of young people, it could spell trouble for the entire health care law. >> reporter: president obama is pushing to get more young people to sign up for health insurance. >> for your friends and your family, the most important source of information is not going to be me. it's going to be you. >> reporter: stopping by a white house youth summit, the president encouraged young adults to show their friends how to enroll. jessica brown is spreading the word on college campuses. >> young people are an important group among the uninsured. they're actually the largest bloc of uninsured. >> reporter: republicans held four separate hearings on the health care law wednesday and explored whether young peo
to die. >>> health care fixed. obama administration says it's worked out most of the bugs from healthcare.gov but warns more work is needed on the troubled website. >>> and drone drop-off? amazon unveils its new plan to deliver your purchase to your doorstep in under an hour. this is the "cbs morning news" for monday, december 2nd, 2013.
big test today since the obama administration said that it met its deadline to make healthcare.gov work smoothly for the vast majority of shoppers. trouble since the site's debut in october has cut into enroll. s. we learned today that 100,000 in ngnember for a total of more than 206,000 so far, but that is a million short of the enrollees projected. wyatt andrews has been checking into the web site today. wyatt? >> reporter: scott, the administration says that 375,000 people tried to shop on healthcare.gov and that was officials called that a strong sign of interest but, again, that high a number created some problems. when june miles-mays tried to sign up for obamacare at a miami health center, the web site put her on hold. "we need you to wait" the site advised "so we can make sure there's room for you." it was her third attempt at signing up. >> very frustrating for me because i need insurance so badly and it seems like something in the system or something is not working. >> reporter: the "need you to wait" prompt is a new feature of healthcare.gov. when the system is overl
inches of snow today. >>> president obama is pushing to get more young people to sign up for health insurance. stopping by a white house youth summit. the president encouraged young adults to show their friends how to enroll. >>> georgia republican tom price is pushing his own health care legislation that he says is more attractive to young people. >> mr. president, we got a better idea. give me a call. >>> stocks were lower and investors are worried that a pair of better than expected reports on the economy will mean the federal reserve will start pulling back the stimulus program. >>> happy van winkle sells just 7,000 cases of the bourbon. made even more rare by the recent theft around $26,000. >>> as the search for the thief continues. >> be able to -- it is an inside job. >> the sheriff isn't buying this was all a publicity stunt. >> i was going to post a photo on facebook. >> it's one of her explaining she's teaching students how quickly a photo can beseen by lots of people. >> three and a half million people liked it. >> you can't just post something on there and think it's no
nation has lost its greatest son. >> a short time ago president obama had this to say about nelson mandela from the white house. >> his journey from a prisoner to a president embodied the promise that human beings and countries can change for the better. his commitment to transfer power and reconcile with those who jailed him set an example that all humanity should aspire to, whether in the lives of nations or our own personal lives. the fact that he did it all with grace and with humor and an ability to acknowledge his own imperfections only makes the man that much more remarkable. >> the president went on to say he didn't think it was likely we'd see mandela's like again. joining us now via telephone is former d.c. mayor, current council member marion barry who was i think you were mayor still when nelson mandela was released from prison in 1992. am i correct, mr. mayor? >> absolutely, derek. my relationship goes before then, one thanksgiving day we sat in at the south african embassy on massachusetts avenue starting a whole movement and on april 4th of thsame year out of that 5,
. administration officials say president obama will attend mandela's state funeral and is expected to deliver remarks. live in washington danielle nottingham, now back to you. >> thank you. as the news spread today a few folks here in town have made their way down to the south african embassy to pay their respects tonight. we have the story live from there. >> reporter: you saw at 6:00 the crowd a little bigger now, more and more people started to come out to pay tribute outside the south african embassy where the statue of nelson mandela that was dedicated here in the you see more people out here. we've seen the entire spectrum of people, people of all races and ages and backgrounds, couples come out, mothers and fathers bringing their children out here, some folks actually in tears, a lot of folks at a loss for words. so we've really seen a good mix of just about everyone, people out here laying flowers down, setting candles up. we've seen folks taking pictures. 1 man told me he actually grew up in south africa, born and raised there. he's now a resident of the states. he said we lost a gr
the politics of resentment, but instead he chose the parties of inclusion. >> president obama referred to one of his quotes today as he paid tribute to the late leader. >> as he once said, i'm not a saint unless you think of a saint as a sinner who keeps on trying. >> to see more of mandela's memorable quotes on wusa9.com, that's where we have more reaction from around the world and a place to submit your photos and videos of the late leader. >>> there's a lot more news to get to. we press on to it. tonight we are learning more about the american teacher shot to death in benghazi, libya. he was ronnie smith from texas. he was out taking his morning jog. when he left, he made a video for his church, and he said he was worried ability adapting to a foreign culture but expected his faith to sustain it. >> if there's any single person in the entire universe you can take a chance on, it's god. no matter what happens, i'm going, and that gives me peace, and i'm okay with that. >> smith was teaching chemistry at the international school in benghazi, and during his morning jog today, gunmen in a jeep
obama spoke about the man who inspired his first step into politics. >> like so many around the globe, i cannot live my own life without the example mandela set. >> reporter: he will join other leaders in south africa for the funeral set for december 15. cbs news, washington. >> now, here at home, mourners continue to pay their respects at the south african embassy near the new mandela statue on massachusetts avenue. this morning, more and more people were stopping by to place flowers at the base of the new statue. saray chance spent the morning at the embassy. >> reporter: construction workers have removed fencing that was preventing people from getting close to nelson mandela's statue. now, they can get up close, lay flowers and pay their respects. >> a sad day but what a gait man and a great life. >> reporter: they came to reflect, give respect, and for terry derase to drop a single red rose at his statue. >> my son said it was the wrong color because i had white roses too, and he said it meant love, and i said, well, that's nelson mandela. >> reporter: nelson mandela became the f
. obama along with the former president george w. bush will all attend the memorial service for nelson mandela on tuesday. wusa9 will be covering a week of tributes to nelson mandela, both here and in south africa. >>> i'm derek mcginty along with wusa9 photographer kevin king. we're checking in here at dulles international airport, headed to johannesburg, south africa, to bring you a series of reports leading up to the funeral for nelson mandela. the heart of south africa. we'll see you there. >> derek and kevin, already in the air for that long flight. i think it's about 17 hours to south africa. watch for their report starting on tuesday on wusa9 and wusa9.com. >>> when we come back, topper has the newest information on th >>> the district is now under a winter storm warning. but the threat, it's really freezing rain. snow is over and fleet over as well. temperatures, 27-31, north and west tonight. major icing is possible for them overnight north and west. but as close to the district as maybe bethesda or rockville or maybe mcclain and reston. the morning commute will be icy and wet
for a network interview with president barack obama. >> an interview with the president of the united states doesn't happen every day. >> but a performance for the nutcracker doesn't happen for my daughter every day either. >> emily king's daughter is a ballerina at the petite ballet company where about 160 years have spent months practicing for the performance. despite booking the theater in january the company was notified yesterday by au their last two critical dress rehearsals planned for tonight and tomorrow would have to be rescheduled to the same day of their first performance turning what was a long eight hour day into a very long 12 hour day. >> which is long for anybody, but especially for my daughter who is 8. >> reporter: you gave up the theater space for msnbc's chris matthews to interview the president. the ballet director says she understands the interview is of important public interest. >> but, you know, it's just couldn't you do it somewhere else? >> we were completely flabbergasted. >> it says that their performance is not important. >> reporter: american issued the foll
obama. >> i would study his words and his writings. the day he was released from prison, he gave me a sense of what human beings can do when they're guided by their hopes and not by their fears. >> when mandela died, crowds gathered throughout south africa to mourn his death andelebrate his life. debora patta is in johannesburg with the latest. good morning. >> reporter: good morning, anne-marie. when i was outside his home, they woke up to the new e his had died, it came as no surprise because his health has been very, very poor for six months but it still has the power to shock and sadden. his health has been critical but over the past few days it got even worse prompting his wife to summon the family to his bedside and in this home they were able to say their final good-byes last night. but the story of his life is really being told on the streets here. rich and poor, young and old, black and white are gathering, some to sing, some to cry. i just saw a white housewife with her black domestic worker, madam and servant, walking arm and arm, sobbing uncontrollably, a fitting legacy
of memorial services. president obama will lead the u.s. delegation and he's invited the former american presidents to join him. mourners continued to gather today at mandela's home in johannrg died last night and at his former home in soweto. and for us, no one image captured his legacy better than this-- blacks and whites side by side honoring the father of a multiracial south africa. a man who became a worldwide symbol for racial equality. deborah patta is there. >> reporter: the streets of south africa were a riot of color, an explosion of song and dance today. from the sprawling township of soweto to the plush upmarket suburb of hall on the, it was precisely the kind of sendoff nelson mandela would have loved. since his death was announced, south africans from all over the country have been making a pilgrimage to mandela's home in johannesburg. they came bearing flowers, gifts, and messages of support. and if they had nothing to give, they shared their talents instead. for some, it was overwhelming. >> if we can do a little bit of what he did everyday, we'll live a very different wo
's president barack obama and the first family lighting our national christmas tree on our rainy friday night. this year is the 91st lighting of that tree and it stands in the president's park behind the white house, very cool stuff. >>> it may sound a little gruesome, but it is all the rage, a new less invasive beauty procedure that involves injecting your own blood into your face. apparently it's supposed to make you look younger. >> let's give it a chance here. we'll introduce you to the vampire facelift. >> vampires, parasites of the underworld. their sharp fangs piercing necks in a blood lust ritual. it's what most people think of when you say vampire. but in 2013 there's a new meaning. in hollywood blood is beauty and some of the biggest stars are hungry for it. the vampire facelift. >> this area around here. >> reporter: you are looking at the first moments of this new cosmetic procedure in the medical office of dr. charles tellacouture and while it may be cutting edge not a single knife is used, no cutting, no stitches, no pulling. the doctor begins by drawing the patient's blood and
is to be exercised. >> reporter: almost 60 heads of state including president barack obama and most of the living former u.s. presidents will attend mandela's memorial and funeral services this week. from a massive ceremony at a johannesburg stadium tuesday to lying in state in the capitol pretoria to burial next sunday in his ancestral village in the eastern cape province, it's expected to be one of the largest global gatherings in recent history. >>> you say 11,000 -- >> 11,000 troops have been deployed. >> reporter: defense minister nosiviwe mapisa-nqakula is overseeing security. she says soldier, the air force, national and city police all are being deployed to control and protect tens of thousands of mourners. >> this is a test for us. and we know that and believe that people will be watching how south africa perform. >> today a south african's pray, they also worry, the show of affection for mandela by world leaders and citizens might be more than this grieving country can bear. bill whitaker, cbs news, johannesburg. >> defense secretary chuck hagel flies to pakistan tomorrow after meeting
sacrificed his life for. >> president and mrs. obama along with former president bill clinton, george w. bush and jimmy carter will attend a memorial service for nelson mandela on tuesday. >>> the outside demonstrations that eventually help bring down the apartheid government in south africa actually began here in washington. one of the organizers was randall robinson, founder of transafrica. here's what he told cbs veteran correspondent bob schieffer today. >> when we went to the embassy and met with ambassador foray, we told him we wouldn't leave until nelson mandela had been released from prison. at the time few americans knew much about nelson mandela and we thought we had to build a big public story, more information in america that would inform americans about the role that our country had been playing. the ambassador had us arrested and that was followed by 5,000 americans who came to the embassy over the next year every day to be arrested. >> robinson now lives in st. kidd. he's the younger brother of the late max robinson, former news anchor here at channel 9. wusa9 will cover a week
africans are preparing for public services for nelson mandela this week. president obama leaves this morning for johannesburg where he'll tend tomorrow's massive public memorial. former presidents clinton, bush and carter will also be in attendance along with more than 50 heads of states. the head of south africa's national defense force says the country is prepared for the challenge of keeping so many dignitaries safe. 11,000 soldiers have been deployed around the country to protect the mourners. >> we believe that the people will be watching how south africa will perform. >> reporter: this makeshift memorial outside nelson mandela's former home is one of the places where south africans have been gathering since his death. a weekend of mourning was topped off on sunday with a day of pray. south africans of all races and religious backgrounds sang and prayed for the man credited with uniting a country once bitterly divided. >> nelson mandela is a man who fought for me when i was not born yet. >> reporter: mandela's ex-wife was one of those attending prayer services. >> wusa9 wil
. but there was no other man like him. for sunday morning, i am mark phillips. >> osgood: president and mrs. obama will be travelling to south africa to attend memorial services for nelson mandela and be accompanied by three former presidents, george w. bush, bill clinton and jimmy carter. bitter cold temperatures, snow and freezing rain continue to grip much of the country. powerful storms stretching from texas to ohio is causing power outages, treacherous driving conditions and is blamed for several deaths. it is forecast to think mid atlantic states later today. merrill newman arrived at san francisco airport yesterday after being held in north korea for several weeks. the 85-year-old korean war vet was touring the country when he was detained by north korean authorities. he says he is delighted to be home. ♪ >> jennifer of massachusetts nearly pulled off one of the world's biggest upset in bay route, lebanon placing third in the arabs got talent competition. not bad for a 23-year-old american who barely speaks any arabic. syrian das troupe cima took first prize. >> today's weather in a word,
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